Bulls bolstered for Sharks clash

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content on 1 Oct 2013 at 12:21
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The Blue Bulls have included Bok winger Bjorn Basson in their team for Friday’s Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at Loftus Versveld.

Basson replaces Sampie Mastriet at wing in the only change to the backline that ran riot against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday (although Akona Ndungane does moves from left to right wing in the process), while Frik Kisrsten replaces Werner Kruger at tighthead in the only change to the run-on forward pack.

The Bulls need a big win in each of their last two games to remain in play-off contention.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 HandrΓ© Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (capt), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Ulrich Beyers, 22 Sampie Mastriet


  • Pfffft bring it on!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.10.13 12:26:56 by R Hayward Reply
  • GO SHARKS !!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.10.13 13:03:48 by [email protected] Reply
  • Call me a conspiracy theorist, why have the Sharks Boks been released? Is Mr HN helping his Union, or do Pieter Steph and Marcel perfected the art of carrying the tackle bags?

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.10.13 13:13:33 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • Pity they aren’t starting with Kruger and Greyling 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.10.13 13:16:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 4) : Marcel van der Merwe is every bit as shit a prop as Dean Greyling, have no fear. I mean, he was taken apart by a club prop last week!

    Kirsten does strengthen them, though.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.10.13 13:20:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 3) : It pretty simple – Basson has had his chance and has proven he’s not Bok quality (for the time being at least).

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.10.13 13:20:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I’d still rate him ahead of Greyling 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.10.13 13:22:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : my gran is a better scrummaging prop than Greyling. He’s a bit better as a ball carrier, but not much.

    Reality, though, is that we’re unfortunately in no real position to benefit from the Bulls’ weakness at scrum time – cos we’re not that much better

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.10.13 13:33:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bit crap not releasing the rest of the squad who won’t make the matchday 23. Oh well. Sharks by 15!

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.10.13 13:35:19 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I just look at this side ,and they are a massive bunch of boys! Why are they playing so shit then? Oh well that’s Saffex’s philosophy out the window. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.10.13 13:44:43 by Talent Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Kristen is not a bad prop imo.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.10.13 13:45:22 by Talent Reply
  • Willemse is the big danger there…. got to find a way to get him carded early

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.10.13 13:54:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Easy let Mvovo chip kick and chase and he will shoulder him. Hopefully this time round he will get a card lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.10.13 14:02:47 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 3) : sounds like we’ll get Marcell back this weekend, according to BMH

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.10.13 14:13:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : That would be awesome. Is there a better loose trio combination for the Sharks than Jean, Keegan and Marcell?

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.10.13 14:52:54 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 15) : Marcell won’t start, though

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.10.13 15:08:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Tight five I like. Backline 10-15 – is getting shape. Consistency from one or two players will help, but the Sharks are way ahead in the looseforward dept. Vleis starting rather than on the bench would have helped a bit.
    Both Shark scrumhalves are better quality.

    I am just glad that no shows are being dropped – kruger, jantjies, hattingh, murray, maku. Too bad it took a whole season to discover this.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.10.13 15:10:57 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • Mr. Rob. . I know sometimes,whether intentional or not, the Titles of your articles can be misleading. I have now read this article top to bottom…even from the bottom up. uhm…. ok maybe because I stay in Pretoria and speak Afrikaans and thus may not always fully understand certain words but the Title does say Bulls BOLSTRED up… did you intentionally leave out the BOLSTERING part…. I just cant find it πŸ™„

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.10.13 15:35:41 by CrazySharkFan Reply

  • @CrazySharkFan (Comment 18) : LOL – very clever πŸ™‚

    But if you saw how shit their scrum was last week, you have to concede that including Kirsten is a step up? Not sure about Basson, but he is occasionally useful.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.10.13 15:38:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 15) : one with alberts in there somewhere πŸ˜€

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.10.13 16:54:25 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 20) : Oh ja of course! But I meant for what’s available this weekend.
    Trying not to think about the selection headache when we have the likes of BdP, JdP, Beast, and Alberts back.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.10.13 17:13:38 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 21) : also kanko,psdt,jp,frans steyn,jordaan,lourens adriaanse,sbura (but im not trying to make that selection headache any bigger,promise :-D)

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.10.13 17:29:20 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply

  • @50shadesofblackandwhite (Comment 22) : got to say I really dig your nick. Very clever indeed

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.10.13 17:42:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • I dunno, gotta admit I`m a bit nervous.
    Bulls got a massive result in KY, something we couldn`t do.
    They`re playing for a spot in the Semi`s, something we`ve got sown up already.

    If we rock up there complacent we`re gonna get stuffed.

    Anyone know if Joubert or Jonker would be involved yet? 😯

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.10.13 08:13:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : thanks

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.10.13 15:48:38 by 50shadesofblackandwhite Reply


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